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121. Evolution from Space [Articles]
... in time when life appears in the record, essentially in the rocks. Before we could even begin to tackle the question of HOW life emerged on this planet, it is important first and foremost to know WHEN life began on the Earth. Perhaps the most impressive work bearing on this question has been carried out almost single-handed by a German palaeontologist, Hans Pflug. Much of his work is still unpublished and has been kindly given to me with the permission to show it in lectures and so on. Hans Pflug is to me the most important person at the present time who is finding out information that really could pinpoint the first moment in time when life appears in the rocks ...
122. Monitor [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... the greenhouse effect. The warming has gone on in the southern hemisphere but industrial pollution has had the opposite effect in the northern hemisphere. And Another Catastrophic Find!sources: New Scientist 29.10.87, p.25; New Scientist 12.11.87, pp.28-29 There is a report that Canadian and Chinese palaeontologists working in the Gobi Desert have come upon a veritable dinosaur treasure trove. Two new dinosaurs from the Jurassic Period have been identified, one of which is larger than any previous dinosaur find. "Other finds included dinosaur eggshells and footprints, fossilised turtles, the oldest crocodiles from China, small plant-eating dinosaurs, a forest of upright fossilised ...
123. An Integrated Model for an Earthwide Event at 2300 BC. Part II: The Climatological Evidence [Journals] [SIS Review]
... available evidence indicates that the southern half of the United States as well as Mexico became cooler and drier at this time. The drier climate in the southern part of the continent resulted in the spread of grasslands over a wide area, which provided a favourable environment for grazing animals. This is supported by an unusual study involving 160 archaeological and palaeontological sites, in which the conclusion was reached that herds of bison greatly increased around 2500 BC in the southern plains, Texas and Oklahoma , presumably due to the availability of the grasslands. To the south, in Guatemala (in Central America), there is evidence that some time before 2000 BC there was a change ...
124. Discussion [Journals] [Aeon]
... indicate creatures that must have dwarfed even Pteranodon. Lawson found the remains of four wings, a long neck, hind legs and toothless jaws in deposits that were non-marine; the ancient entombing sediments are thought to have been made instead by floodplain silting. The immense size of the Big Bend pterosaurs, which have already become known affectionately in the palaeontological world as 747s' or Jumbos', may be gauged by setting one of the Texas upper arm bones alongside that of a Pteranodon: The Jumbo' humerus is fully twice the length of Pteranodon's. Lawson's computer estimated wingspan for this living glider is over fifty feet! It is no surprise, said Lawson in announcing the animal in ...
125. The Palaetiology of Fear and Memory [Books]
... , we must admit, is observed in animals, whether infant or adult. When we say of a person "she jumped like a startled doe" we begin metaphorically what could be a minute comparison of all respects in which mammals respond to events with fearful behavior. We go to accounts of disasters, which may be read into fossil palaeontology or come from histories of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and floods. We note such facts as, or see that, animal and humans flee alike and together into caves to avoid flood and fire. Mammals, like people, become desperate with hunger, become aggressive and seductive with sexual lust, and learn to exploit their environments. ...
126. On the Disproportion between Geological Time and Historical Time Part One - Of Apes and Men [Journals] [SIS Review]
... Locus E skull, was a much lower 915cc. The only limb bones to be found were a large fragment of clavicle, two humeri, a small wrist-bone, and seven portions of femora. On 16th December 1929, two weeks after the Locus E cranium was discovered, the Daily Telegraph and the New York Times both reported that the palaeontologist in charge of excavations at Choukoutien, W. C. Pei, had just come across the fossils of ten human skeletons huddled together, nine of them headless, the skull of the tenth preserved complete with facial bones. As they were a most important find, Professor Black (who had studied the skull) promised a more detailed ...
127. ABC's of Astrophysics [Books] [de Grazia books]
... ponder what his friends might have known better than he, that is that changed motions of large celestial bodies signified not aberrations but somewhere back in time a basically different order. The old order must have functioned on some basic principle, probably a simple principle. What could it have been? He knew next to nothing about formal astronomy or palaeontology or chemistry. What he was picking up might be scornfully and legitimately called static, a buzzing of voices, weak signals from many directions, from alleys and haunted houses of science, disreputable astrologies, occult references, stern and orgiastic religious cults and sects, ancient poetry, restless cemeteries of legends, the rage for science fiction, ...
128. Geological Genesis [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... of this type of vegetation are today confined to the tropics and subtropics. Some primitive trees do show growth rings and Mesozoic belemnites show indication of seasonal change, changes however which are very slight compared to today. The flora and fauna across Pangaea were also very similar, indicating that conditions were the same all over the area. All the palaeontological evidence shows, therefore, that conditions on Earth during the Mesozoic period are difficult to explain in terms of Earth's present orbit, but do fit the scenarios we have postulated. The most obvious characteristic of Mesozoic flora and fauna was the upper limit of size. Pangaea's forests contained giant lycopods, horsetails and pteridophytes, trees over 100m in ...
129. Monitor [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... which suggests a positive, almost Lamarckian, drive for change when needed. Isn't it time scientists finally admitted that uniformitarianism is dead and that they themselves have killed it? Fossil with a sting in its tail The Sunday Times 21.11.93, pp. 26-27 A professional hunter of fossils among the Carboniferous deposits of Scotland keeps amazing palaeontologists with his finds. There was Lizzie the oldest lizard, the earliest harvestmen and millipedes, freshwater sharks and then a collection of terrestrial amphibia from a time when they were thought to have barely crawled out of the water. The latest find was a 2 foot wide scorpion's head, estimated to be from a 10 foot long beast. ...
130. Bookshelf [Journals] [SIS Review]
... What makes us different from other animals and what do we mean when we say we are more intelligent than them? But we must temper our fascination with some respect for hard evidence, and therein lies the problem, for in the nature of the case these are questions about which it is easier to speculate than provide such evidence. From palaeontology we know that the evolution of the human brain followed rather than preceded the development of walking on two legs, and that early hominids made tools and ate meat. We can thus speculate that human intelligence developed in response to tool making and co-operative hunting, but the inference is by no means as plausible as is popularly supposed. One ...
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